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Indonesia launches first submarine in South East Asia

UK-based heavy lift company ALE completed the launch of the KASEL 3 submarine for the Indonesian government, the first ever submarine to be locally-assembled and launched in South East Asia. DSME and the Indonesian Ministry of Defence signed a contract for a further three submarines.

ABS, MOL cooperate to build up to 14 next-gen gas carriers

ABS and MOL informed that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on up to 14 new gas carriers. The agreement regards seven new-build Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC) and up to seven new-build Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGC) designed to carry gas from the US to China and other global markets.

Watch: John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier sees upper bow lift installed

As the video presents, the US Navy’s aircraft carrier, John F. Kennedy, saw the installation of its final piece, conducted by Huntington Ingalls Industries. The upper bow part that is to be added on the vessel is one of the last steel structural units, also known as superlift, which weighs 780 tonnes and was being built for 18 months. 

Q2 2019 sees record low for newbuild orders

As VesselsValue’s Head Cargo Analyst, Olivia Watkins, reviews which yards have received orders and and which vessel types have been popular purchases, it is revealed that newbuilding orders fell to record lows during the second quarter of 2019.

Hapag-Lloyd and Evergreen place orders for mega ships

Wall Street Journal reported that Hapag-Lloyd and Taiwanese carrier Evergreen Marine Corp have separately placed orders to Asian yards for the construction of more than a dozen mega-container ships that would have a combined value of about $2.2 billion.

Canada in talks for construction of two ferries

The Government of Canada announced that it is entering into contract negotiations with Chantier Davie of Lévis, Quebec, for the construction of two new ferries for Transport Canada, to support safe and efficient ferry services for sustainable communities and economies.

MOL reveals plans for next-gen coal carrier

MOL announced a vessel design it calls ‘EeneX’, for a 90-type (90,000 DWT) next-generation coal carrier, developed in cooperation with Japanese shipyards. The vessel’s design aims to achieve safe, reliable and economically efficient transport of coal. MOL suggests the ‘EeneX’ brand under its concept of providing optimal, ‘stress-free’ transport service for customers and the environment.

SEA Europe: EU shipbuilding needs more investments in innovation

The European Maritime Technology Sector needs more significant investments in research, development and innovation for the further development of digitalisation, automation and autonomy in the shipbuilding processes, to secure its competitiveness, as well as to cope with its societal challenges, SEA Europe said in a new statement. 

ABS launches ‘Enhanced Shaft Alignment’ guide

ABS published a Guide for ‘Enhanced Shaft Alignment’ to provide direction to owners and operators who are to perform a more detailed shaft alignment analysis and installation assessment. Mainly, the vessels that are designed, built and operated in compliance with the requirements of this guide, may be assigned to Class Notation ESA or ESA+.

US grants $19.6 million to help small shipyards

The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced $19.6 million in grants to help capital improvements at 28 US small shipyards as a part of its Small Shipyard Grant program. Provided through MARAD’s Small Shipyards Grant program, the funding supports employee training and related improvements that adopt increased efficiency and economic growth.

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